Yesterday, here, I shared this quote from Red Sox G.M. Theo Epstein, which he made last summer:
“We’re never going to sell ourselves out just to get that one guy because we have to take a long-term view given our resources relative to the Yankees.”
However, now, we have this fact from ESPN.com -
The Boston Red Sox emerged Tuesday night as winners of the bidding for Daisuke Matsuzaka with a $51.1 million offer and have 30 days to sign the Japanese pitcher to a contract.
“We have long admired Mr. Matsuzaka’s abilities and believe he would be a great fit with the Red Sox organization,” Boston general manager Theo Epstein said. “Clearly, we believe Mr. Matsuzaka is a real talent.”
This is a great day in Yankeeland. From this point forward, any bitching from John W. Henry, Larry Lucchino and/or Theo Epstein about the Yankees payroll carries the same legitimacy as Pam Anderson lamenting about Dolly Parton’s cleavage.